A quick way to cover a surface to look like old wood is to give a faux antiquing effect with paint stain. You only need a brush.
- Apply the base coat of paint with a gloss finish, like satin or semi-gloss, because a flat finish will not work. Using a brush for the undercoat will add an aged-look, or a foam roller gives a smooth finish.
- Brush on the stain, using a rag or paper to remove too much stain.
- The idea is to “pull” the stain with the brush. And the bristles should be pressed lightly on the surface when pulling the stain.
- The stain dries very slowly. Mistakes can be fixed easily by adding or removing stain. Dab off the excess.
- Add a second coat; it usually helps, but isn’t necessary.
- Cover with a coat of polyurethane for protection.